Emergency services sent far fewer alerts than last year’s turn | NOW



In the last hours of 2020, the Dutch emergency services sent far fewer alarms than on the same day in 2019. Almost 30 percent fewer alarms were sent via the P2000 network than last year, according to data from alarmeringen.nl.

Between 6:00 pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve, the control rooms alerted the emergency services 1,503 times. A year earlier this was 2,139 times. It equates to a decrease of 29.7 percent.

Throughout New Year’s Eve, 4,143 reports were sent via P2000, a decrease of 20.1 percent. A year ago, 5,191 reports were sent to the emergency services on the last day of the year. In addition, it is the lowest number of P2000 reports on a New Year’s Eve since 2017, says Wilbert de Vries of alarmeringen.nl.

The actual numbers of reports are expected to be higher, according to De Vries. “It is known that during enormous peaks, such as around the turn of the year, the emergency services do not actually send all incoming reports as alarms via P2000. to another location. ”

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